High Flying Dice Games A Brilliant Fight: The Battle of Queenston Heights, October 13, 1812


For June, we released the sixth and last new game in the Battles for Canada Series. Read on and let the dice fly high!

New Game!

A Brilliant Fight:
The Battle of Queenston Heights,
October 13, 1812

Queenston Heights components

“We shall save our own land—wipe away part of the score of our past disgrace, get excellent barracks and winter quarters, and at least be prepared for an early campaign another year.”—General Van Rensselaer’s summation of the benefits of gaining a secure foothold in the Niagara Peninsula before the onset of winter, September 1812.

A key element in the American campaign to take control Canada was securing the Niagara Peninsula in 1812.  This endeavor was increasingly important to the US war effort following the surrender of an entire American army at Detroit during the summer of 1812. However, a crossing of the Niagara River near Lake Ontario was guarded by Fort George, while those near Buffalo near Lake Erie were dominated by the Queenston Heights. The Americans gambled that a quick early morning assault on Queenston Heights could gain them a bridgehead that could very well lead to the capture of Ontario. Can you do as well, or better, than your historical counterparts? Learn and enjoy!


Each copy of A Brilliant Fight is composed of the following:

  • One 11 by 17 inch map with Turn Record Track.
  • 100 double-sided counters.
  • This set of rules.

Each hex is approximately 50 yards across, a regular or militia infantry unit is 150-150 men, and artillery units represent 1 cannon or mortar. A turn represents 60 minutes of time. The types of units in the game are Infantry (Regular, Militia), Artillery and Leaders.

A Brilliant Fight is designed by Paul Rohrbaugh and features graphics by Ilya Kudriashov. As with the other games in the Battles for Canada Series, the game sells for $15.95 plus shipping. Mounted counters can be had for an additional $8.00. To view samples of the game’s components, and access the order form, visit the game’s web page here: http://www.hfdgames.com/queenston.html


Battles for Canada Series custom card set!

This custom card set replaces the standard deck of playing cards called for in the Battles for Canada Series games’ rules. The custom card set can be used with all six of the games in the series (more games on the battles of Lundy’s Lane, Fort Erie, Cook’s Mills and Queenston Heights are in the works), and features graphics by Ilya Kudriashov. The Battles for Canada Series custom card set is $10.00 plus shipping, or can be had for free with any purchase of 4 games.

Please remember we also have these promotions in effect throughout the year:

  • Any purchase or 4 or more High Flying Dice Games (Professional or DTP) and you get one mini-game for free (your choice of any that sell regularly for $8.95).
  • Alternative Bonus! Instead of a free mini-game, any purchase of 4 or more games and you can instead get a single-deck card set (any of those that sell regularly for $9.00).
  • Note: Our newest postcard “Pocket Battle” game, A Rock and a Hard Place can be used for the above bonuses!

Upcoming Games!

  • Several new games are now Under Development and are undergoing playtesting. Brand new titles that are now being play tested are Maneuvering Toward War: The 1941 US Army Maneuvers, A Feeble and Negligent Action: The Battle of Stoney Creek, June 6, 1813, A Hard Day’s Work: The Battle of Droop Mountain, November 6, 1863, One More Killing: The Battle of Bentonville, March 19, 1865, Fighting for Time: The Battle of Averasboro, March 16, 1865, A Sanguine Fight: The Battle of Riachuelo, June 11, 1865, Muerte Desde Arriba: Air Battles of the Spanish Civil War, Heaven’s Will: The Raid on Ulithi Atoll, November 1944, Diggers’ Resolve: The Battle for Milne Bay, August-September 1942, Falling Skies: Operation Rolling Thunder, March-April 1965, A Mad Endeavor: The Attack on Stony Point, July 16, 1779, Tempting Fate: The Battle of the Granicus River, May 334 BCE, Waters Unvexed: Three Battles of the Mississippi River, 1862 (Island Number 10, Plum Point Bend, Memphis), The Yanks are Here! The St. Mihiel Campaign, September 1918, Operation Musketeer: The Attack on Port Said, November 1956, A Gallant and Efficient Fight: The Battle of Hamel, July 4, 1918, One Small Step: The US/USSR Space Race to the Moon, and Depths of Courage vol. 12: The Raid on Valletta, July 25/26, 1941, Dying is Easy: Naval Battles of the Boshin War, May 1869, Heights of Frustration: The Battles for Longstop Hill, December 1942 and April 1943, Late to the Fight: The Battle of Palmetto Ranch, May 13, 1865. Blood and Oil: The Persian Gulf Tanker War, 1985, Gimme Shelter: The Siege of Firebase Ripcord, July 1970, A Desperate Fight: The Battle of Wassaw Sound, June 17, 1863.
  • Heading into final development and graphics are La Vallee de la Mort: The Siege of Dien Bien Phu (also includes game on the 1953 Siege of Na San, as well as expansion game on Operations Condor and Albatross), Operation Menace: The Attack on Dakar, September 23-25, 1940, A Lamentable and Calamitous Action: The Attack at Mers-el-Kebir, July 3, 1940, So Far From God: The US Punitive Expedition in Mexico, 1916-1917, White Christmas? The Fall of Saigon, April 1975, Whatever the Cost: The Battle for Corregidor Island, February 1945, A Resolute Action: The Battle of Fort Meigs, May 5, 1813, Shadows of Hell: Operation Karbala 6, January 15-17, 1987, Galahad’s Ordeal: The Battle of Myitkyina, Cross vs. Crescent: The Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa, July 16, 1212, Nothing Then is Done: The Battle of Najera, April 3, 1367, Wheels of Change: The 1950s US Auto Industry, Souls to Waste: The Battle of An Bao, May 5, 1968, Depths of Courage, Volume 13: The Attack on the Tirpitz, September 1943,  In Harm’s Way: Battles of the Dutch East Indies Campaign (Sunda Strait, Badung, Balikpapan, Java Sea) Paint it Black: The Attack on Lang Vei, February 6-7, 1968, A Cruel and Bitter Fight: The Battle of the Thames, October 5, 1813 and A Dreadful Fight: The Battle of Horse Shoe Bend: March 27, 1814, Operation Icarus: The Invasion of Iceland, June 1940.

Look for upcoming release announcements as these games are finished up.

Online Retailers!

High Flying Dice Games are available from this fine online retailer:

Be sure to visit the High Flying Dice Games website for the latest information, view the full range of games, as well as see what is being worked on. You can also place orders and ask questions about all of the games in our catalog and in development. Visit us at: http://www.hfdgames.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Thank you very much for your interest and support. Let the Dice Fly High!

Paul Rohrbaugh

Founder, High Flying Dice Games

9753 Deltona Drive

New Middletown, OH 44442

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